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This live album was recorded at Salvador’s Teatro Castro Alves in July 1969, just before Brazil’s government forced Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil into exile in England. Having already been briefly jailed for their political defiance, the artists were in no mood to make nice. Backed by a young band called Os Leifs (featuring then-unknown guitarist Pepeu Gomes, later of Os Novos Baianos), Veloso and Gil injected rebellious passion into even the most sedate material. (See “Domingo No Parque”.) More uptempo songs like “Cinema Olympia” and “Atrás do Trio Elétrico” almost have a punk edge, with Gomes’ wild psychedelic guitar dominating the textures. Although the live conditions of the recording resulted in limited fidelity, this concert’s historical and musical value remains unquestionable.


Born: 07 August 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Brazi

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output since the 1960s proves that this is no exaggeration. Born in 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificacao in Brazil's Bahia region, Veloso absorbed the rich Bahian musical heritage that was influenced by Caribbean, African, and North American...
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